Oh, January. Why must you bring dreary, freezing weather, winter winds and stomach flus? In rebellion, I've played hooky from the projects I probably should be doing right now and turned out a fast gift for my friend's birthday...
Pattern: Gretel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran in colour # 21211
and started a colourful pullover for the girl that's cheering up the dreariness...
Pattern: Best Friends Pullover - Julia's Sweater by Kristin Nicholas
Yarn: Nashua Handknits Julia
I've made Gretel once before and I love the pattern and its fabulous cables. The Rialto Aran is a great yarn for stitch definition and would be perfect for any cable project. The Julia yarn is also wonderful - it's a merino, mohair, alpaca blend with a soft and lovely halo and saturated colours. I just realized Ravelry indicates it's now discontinued which is a huge shame. I'm thoroughly enjoying this quick and interesting project.
Also, here's a modelled shot of the wee sweaters I made my niece's sons last month. Are they not the cutest brothers ever?
Stay warm and knit what pleases you.